On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000. Seventy-seven percent of our graduates, who do not have employment while pursuing their degree, are employed within 6 months upon graduation. Notable alumni, include, but not limited to:

Local/State Communities

  • Jen Zellmer-Cuersema, UM Athletics Advisor
  • Shyra Scott, Missoula County Clerk & Recording
  • Anne Hughes, Missoula County Communications Director
  • Dayna Swanson, Office of Senator Tester
  • Holly Luck, Office of Senators Melcher, Baucus, and Walsh

Tribal Communities

  • Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, tribal judge, first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe
  • Debra DuMontier, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians

Nonprofit/International Communities

  • Deena Mansour, Associate Director of the Mansfield Center
  • Jesse Mahugh, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County
  • Aubrie Lyons, Director of Montana World Affairs Council

Below are internships and jobs available for MPA students. Please review this portion of our website regularly because it is updated often.

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  • Community Workforce Coordinator (Lewistown, MT) This position will bring together area employers, education, and community resources in creative and innovative ways to build a qualified and competitive workforce to support the community's economic growth and well-being. 

  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) Public Safety Assessment Coordinator (pdf) (Missoula, MT) This position performs administrative support tasks to coordinate public safety assessment information between the State of Montana and the Missoula County courts. Full time. Deadline to apply: 6-24-19. 
  • Fiscal Analyst for the Legislative Fiscal Division (Helena, MT) This position is non-partisan and involves working directly with the legislative process--researching, analyzing, summarizing and presenting a variety of data and other information for the Legislature. Position open until filled, and screening of applications will begin prior to closing date of July 5, 2019. 

  • Youth Homes Accreditation and Quality Assurance Coordinator (Missoula, MT) Youth Homes is a dynamic leader in the field of youth services. This position will work in coordination with leadership staff to develop, initiate, maintain, and revise policies for the general operation of the organization and its related activities to ensure compliance and quality care. Youth Homes offers a competitive salary and benefits. Open until filled. 

  • Americorps VISTA Member: Women's Foundation of MT Powerhouse (Missoula, MT) The member will build capacity for a program that helps women negotiate for better wages, successfully identify and apply for jobs, and much more. The project will serve all Montana women, including veterans and at-risk households, but with an emphasis on women in rural and tribal communities. This project will also track efforts to increase the number of women in higher paid nontraditional fields and in leadership positions. Deadline to apply is 7-25-19.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Missoula Director of Youth Development (Missoula, MT) The Director of Youth Development is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and implementation and evaluation of the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County's (BGCM) after-school programming and summer club. Deadline to apply is 6-21-19 at 5 p.m.

  • Executive Director of Carol's List (Montana): Carol’s List is a Political Action Committee that recruits, trains, elects and supports Democratic, progressive and pro-choice women in their path to political office in Montana. Open until filled, and board will review applications 5-29-19 and plan to interview qualified candidates early in June.  
  • Montana Outdoor Heritage Project Survey Canvass 2019